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Tips for Choosing Interior Door Hardware

You and your houseguests are more likely to notice interior door hardware when it does not fit the style of your house or it does not function as well as you want it to function. When you choose interior door hardware properly, it will enhance the overall design of your house and serve you for many years with solid performance and functionality.  You can choose interior door hardware that fits your needs and tastes or, if you are confused by the many available choices, you can use these tips to help you make your selection.

Consider the door’s style and function.

Has the door been hung on standard hinges, or is it a heavy or swinging door that is on a pivot? Interior “pocket” doors that are on tracks and that disappear into walls are popular choices for some interior bathrooms and closets. The interior door hardware you choose should work with the style of door without hitting any adjacent fixtures or hardware.

Does the door need a lock?

Bedroom and bathroom locking doors are common, and many interior door hardware fixtures are available that work with a universal flathead keys that can be inserted into an opening on the outside of a door to open the lock. Home offices and rooms that need greater security will benefit from interior hardware with keyed locks.

What door trim appeals to you?

Interior door hardware varies from minimalist fixtures that focus almost entirely on function to more ornate hardware with strike plates and intricate inlaid patterns. You can also select between round door knobs and straight handles. Handles are more appropriate for young children or elderly residents who may have trouble grasping round knobs.

Choose a finish that coordinates with the overall house design.

You might select interior door hardware with an antique brass finish, for example, that looks great in a showroom but that is out of place with lighting fixtures and other features of your house. Be careful not to select a finish in a vacuum, but think about the rest of the design elements that you have chosen and coordinate the interior door hardware finish with those elements.

When appropriate, keep it simple.

You might not need latching hardware and strike plates for home features like pantries, closets, or laundry rooms, where simple pulls and spring closure mechanisms will work just as well. If you have no real reason to close and latch a door, then a simpler interior door hardware piece may be a better choice.

Think about door stops and other accessories.

Your interior doors will often be situated so that they butt up against walls or other fixtures. Use matching door stops, springs, or holders to limit how far a door can be opened and to protect other fixtures and furniture.

You may find that a variety of different interior door hardware options appeal to you. You can install different types and styles of door hardware throughout your house. The primary limitation to consider if you do choose different styles is that all interior door hardware pieces that are in sight of each other should be the same.


For more tips and ideas on how to choose interior door hardware, please contact Premium Hardware in Columbus, Ohio, by email to, or by telephone at 644-755-4419. We are your best source for designer home hardware, and are ready and available to answer all of your home hardware questions.